German submarine U-536

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-536
Ordered: 10 April 1941
Builder: Deutsche Werft, Hamburg
Yard number: 354
Laid down: 13 March 1942
Launched: 26 October 1942
Commissioned: 13 January 1943
Fate: Sunk, November 1943 northeast of the Azores by one British and two Canadian warships
General characteristics [1]
Type: Type IXC/40 submarine
Displacement: 1,144 t (1,126 long tons) surfaced
1,257 t (1,237 long tons) submerged
Length: 76.76 m (251 ft 10 in) o/a
58.75 m (192 ft 9 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.86 m (22 ft 6 in) o/a 4.44 m (14 ft 7 in) pressure hull
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draft: 4.67 m (15 ft 4 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MAN M 9 V 40/46 supercharged 9-cylinder diesel engines, 4,400 hp (3,281 kW)
2 × SSW GU 345/34 double-acting electric motors, 1,000 hp (746 kW)
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph) surfaced
7.3 knots (13.5 km/h; 8.4 mph) submerged
Range: 138,500 nmi (256,500 km; 159,400 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h) surfaced
63 nautical miles (117 km; 72 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Complement: 4 officers, 44 enlisted
Armament:
Service record
Part of: 4th U-boat Flotilla
(11 November 1942–31 March 1943)
2nd U-boat Flotilla
(1 April 1943–30 September 1944)
33rd U-boat Flotilla
(1 October 1944–8 May 1945)
Commanders: Kptlt. Rolf Schauenburg
(13 January–20 November 1943)
Operations: 1st patrol:
1 June–9 July 1943
2nd patrol:
29 August–20 November 1943
Victories: None

German submarine U-536 was a Type IXC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She was laid down at the Deutsche Werft (yard) in Hamburg as yard number 347 on 7 January 1942, launched on 26 August and commissioned on 11 November with Kapitänleutnant Rolf Schauenburg in command.

U-536 began her service career with training as part of the 4th U-boat Flotilla from 13 January 1943. She was re-assigned to the 2nd flotilla for operations on 1 June.

She carried out two patrols, but did not sink any ships. She was a member of one wolfpack.

She was sunk in November 1943 northeast of the Azores by one British and two Canadian warships.

Operational career[edit]

1st patrol[edit]

The boat departed Kiel on 1 June 1943, moved through the North Sea, negotiated the gap between Iceland and the Faroe Islands and entered the Atlantic Ocean. She entered Lorient, on the French Atlantic coast, on 9 July.

2nd patrol and loss[edit]

Her second foray took her as far as the Gulf of St. Lawrence, but on the return leg she was sunk on 20 November 1943 northeast of the Azores by depth charges from a British frigate, HMS Nene and two Canadian corvettes, Snowberry and Calgary.[2]

Thirty-eight men died; there were seventeen survivors.[3]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Gröner, p. 105-7.
  2. ^ Service Histories of Royal Navy Warships in World War 2 HMS Nene gives gunfire as the cause of the sinking after depth-charging brought the submarine to the surface.
  3. ^ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1997, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 158
Bibliography
  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (1999). "Deutsche U-Boot-Verluste von September 1939 bis Mai 1945". Der U-Boot-Krieg (in German) IV (Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn: Mittler). ISBN 3-8132-0514-2. 
  • Gröner, Erich (1985). "U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher". Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815-1945 (in German) III (Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe). ISBN 3-7637-4802-4. 

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Coordinates: 43°50′N 19°39′W / 43.833°N 19.650°W / 43.833; -19.650